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Ducks Host Texas, Boise State

Aug 30, 2022

The Ducks open a three-match homestand by hosting Texas and Boise State this week.

• Freshmen Force. Of the Ducks' five goals this season, three have been scored by freshman Ajanae Respass. Additionally, freshmen own three of Oregon's five assists. Livvy Moore has two, while Trinity Morales has one.
• One match after tying her career high in saves with nine against San Francisco (8-21), Leah Freeman established a new personal standard with 10 last week at Gonzaga (8-27). Freeman leads the Pac-12 and ranks fifth nationally averaging 8.0 saves per game. 
• Respass on Target. Freshman Ajanae Respass leads the Pac-12 and ranks 10th nationally in shot accuracy at 85.7 percent. Six of her seven shots this season have been on frame. Respass scored twice last week at Gonzaga.
• True Dydasco got her sixth season off to a quick start, assisting on the game-winning goal Aug. 18 versus New Mexico State and scoring the tying goal three days later against San Francisco.
• The Ducks have played their first three games without the services of three returning starters from 2021. Kess Elmore, Caitlin Shaw and Croix Soto have been held out recovering from minor ailments.
• Oregon welcomed the No. 25 recruiting class (Top Drawer Soccer) to campus for the 2022 season. Among the 10 incoming freshmen are four-star recruits Kristen Conti, Trinity Morales and Ajanae Respass, who join USC transfer Bel Rolley.
• In 2021, Oregon posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 40 years; 1980 (13-1-3) and 1981 (13-2-3).
• The Ducks' 9-4-6 2021 record was their best since 2006 (12-6-2). It was the fourth-best mark in program history (.632).

Zoe Hasenauer scored from distance in the 87th minute off an assist from Kess Elmore as the Ducks won a defensive battle 1-0 in Austin. Leah Freeman earned the shutout with two saves. It was the program's first-ever win in the state of Texas.

Ajanae Respass scored twice and Leah Freeman made a huge play on a breakaway in the final seconds as Oregon and Gonzaga played to a 2-2 draw Aug. 27 at Luger Field. Freeman made a career-high 10 saves in the Ducks' first game in Spokane since 2006. Oregon opened the scoring on a counterattack in the 16th minute. From midfield, freshman Trinity Morales drove a long pass up the middle to Respass at Gonzaga's 18 yard-line. Respass then slipped the ball through the legs of Gonzaga goalkeeper Lyza Bosselmann for a 1-0 lead. Gonzaga tied the game in the 21st minute when Erin Healy scored on a rebounded shot. The Ducks took the lead again, 2-1, less a minute into the second half. Respass forced a turnover in the Bulldogs' half and found Livvy Moore on the left side of the box. Moore then drew the defense to her before threading the ball back to Respass who hammered a shot to the right side of the net. Gonzaga scored in the 83rd minute to knot the game at 2-2, setting the stage for some late game heroics by Freeman. The junior from Berkeley, Calif., made seven saves in the second half, three of which came in the final 4:30. In the final seconds of the match, Gonzaga got behind Oregon's defense on a breakaway, but Freeman rushed out of the net to smother the Bulldogs' final shot at the top of the box. All of Oregon's goals and assists against Gonzaga came from freshmen.

Oregon went 1-0-1 on the opening weekend of the 2022 season. In the season opener, Callan Harrington scored her first career goal (assisted by Livvy Moore and True Dydasco) for a 1-0 lead just before halftime. Ajanae Respass put the game away with a rebound goal in the 89th minute for a 2-0 win over New Mexico State (Aug. 18). Leah Freeman made five saves to earn the shutout versus the Aggies. Three days later against San Francisco, Freeman matched her career high with nine saves as the Ducks rallied for a 1-1 tie. After USF took the lead in the first half, Dydasco knotted the game up with a goal from 35 yards out in the 61st minute (assisted by Chai Cortez).

The game last week against Gonzaga marked Leah Freeman's 35th career game, which was significant because 35 games played is the minimum requirement to be eligible for Oregon's career goals against average list. By meeting that requirement, Freeman entered the list at the No. 1 position with a 0.82 career goals against average. Abby Steele (2011-14) was bumped to second at 1.14 GAA.

Goalkeeper Leah Freeman was named to the 2022 Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Hermann Trophy, presented annually by the Missouri Athletic Club, is the nation's highest individual honor recognizing the National Player of the Year as determined by the voting of Division I coaches who are members of United Soccer Coaches. Nine players from the Pac-12 were among the 61 nationally named to the Hermann Trophy preseason list. Freeman was also one of 12 players nationally named to the United Soccer Coaches goalkeeper watch. Additionally, Top Drawer Soccer named Freeman to their Preseason Best XI Third Team as the No. 29 player overall nationally. The first team All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region selection led the Pac-12 and tied for 15th nationally with a school-record nine shutouts in 2021. Freeman ranked third in the league in both goals against average (0.87) and save percentage (.839) last season.